Thanksgiving Day 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! Yesterday morning the kids and I made these "thankful pumpkins" that I thought turned out great. Cute, meaningful, and super easy to make. It's a little tradition in our family to make a Thanksgiving craft each year. I was thankful to be able to carry it on for another year :)

Here is the kids' thankful list at 5 1/2 and 4 years old:

Anna: "I luv Pokémon", friends, Wii, "Dady", "Momy", me, birthday, earth, everything
Will: big punching ball, Pokémon, ice cream, family, school (Lucas & Luca), play fight, croissant, Anna, mommy

I hope you all had a great day off! We ended up going to my parents' house first thing in the morning. After hanging out for a bit, we made another 40-minute drive to Manassas to have lunch with Luke's side of the family, picking up Boston Market along the way. I had been looking forward to my Boston Market feast since Black Friday 2014, but I have to say that this year was a letdown. We went to a different location, and somehow the food just wasn't as good. Also this particular location took down their regular menu for the day and their "holiday" menu was double the price that I paid last year.... ANYWAY. It was all still fine :)
^^Baby Andrew is a fun toddler now!^^

Because the weather was so mild and we had bought tickets to go to Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights a couple of weeks ago off a deal site (CertifiKid...and the deal is still available!), we decided to go last night. We went right at 5:30pm and I thought that, because it was Thanksgiving and people were probably still in the middle of eating turkey, we would have the whole place to ourselves! Haha, I was so wrong. The park was hopping with people, especially at the beginning of the path where everyone entered at the same time. Eventually, it did get better though.
^^Flowers, flowers everywhere.^^
^^Sitting down near the lake for an animated light show set to holiday music.^^
The first time we did this Winter Walk was 3 years ago! Here is the post I wrote on that trip (*sniff* look at my little kids!)... Well, even with the huge crowd, it was still very pretty and we all enjoyed it, except for Will who said he did not. Not sure if he was just trying to be the contrarian again, but I know he was very tired from not napping.
^^This little butterfly garden was very pretty.^^
^^Me and my big girl who really is too big for me to carry now :)^^
^^Dazzling lights everywhere we looked!!^^
^^"Try to catch the meteor shower!"^^
All in all, we had a great Thanksgiving!


  1. I love that craft idea. And Meadowlark! My friends and I were thinking about going to this the first weekend of December. Plans may change but I definitely wanted to check it out -- we did Bull Run a couple years back and while it was ok I don't think we'd do it again :) I'd love to go see the lights out in Baltimore though!

    1. Thanks for that piece of info on Bull Run~ I WAS thinking about doing it sometime in the future, but maybe not now :)

  2. On those dark winter nights - the lights are really something to lift the spirits!


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